In my novel On the Edge of Sunrise one of the warrior characters is Attila the Hun.  People in general will recognize the name but I find that they know little about him.

Attila was the king of the Huns and described by a historian of his time as being “short of stature, with a broad chest and a large head.  His eyes were small, his beard thin and sprinkled with grey… and he had a flat nose and a swarthy complexion.”

I know it isn’t the most flattering image but by 451 (the time setting for my novel) Attila and his army had killed thousands of people, destroyed countless cities, and his name alone spread terror across Europe; this odd looking man had conquered, enslaved and brutalized.  It’s no surprise that he was known throughout the empire as the “Scourge of God.”

In fact, Attila loved war so much it was claimed that his eyes rolled back in his head from the sheer pleasure of battle.  Before Attila fought the Battle of Chalons (In the day it was called Catalaunum and is the setting for the climax of my novel OtEoS) he shouted to his men, “Seek swift victory.  Show your cunning, Huns.  Revel in the slaughter of the enemy…I shall hurl the first spear at the foe.  If any man stand at rest while Attila fights, he is a dead man.”  The battle was so fierce that legends claim that even after the battle was over the ghosts of the dead men continued to fight.

1,500 years later the name Attila persists as a term and symbol of brutality and terror.



Christopher Kelley’s – ATTILA THE HUN

Michael Curtis Ford – THE SWORD OF ATTILA

William Napier – ATTILA


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